Colorful characters crowd Michigan Avenue for Children and Pet Costume Parade

WAVING TO THE CROWD: Lois Carter walks with her grandchildren, Savannah and Ethan. The children had a fun time waving to everyone during the parade, she said. (Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

WAVING TO THE CROWD: Lois Carter walks with her grandchildren, Savannah and Ethan. The children had a fun time waving to everyone during the parade, she said. (Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

BIG RAPIDS – This year’s Children’s and Pet Costume parade drew hundreds, if not thousands of participants. Led by the Ferris State University Pep Band, plenty of local families took the chance to show off their costumes by marching down Michigan Avenue.

“We usually do a theme with the boys,” said first-time parade participant Nicole Barth. Her son Alex was dressed as a police officer, while son, Jaxson, was dressed as a robber. “We come every year. Marching in the parade was fun.”

Familiar characters such as witches and ghosts marched in the parade, along with children channeling this year’s trendier costumes, such as princesses Elsa and Anna from the popular Disney movie “Frozen.” Several dogs also got in on the festive promenade.

For some participants, this was their first time in the parade.

“We had a great time,” said Lois Carter, who marched in the parade with her grandchildren Savannah, Ethan and Morgan. “They really enjoyed it. They liked waving.”

After the parade, attendees were free to take part in the Trunk or Treat event, enjoy games and climb inflatables set up by Cran-Hill Ranch.

HALLOWEEN FUN: Hundreds of people crowded Michigan Avenue during this year's Children and Pet Costume Parade. It was a record-breaking year for Fall Festival attendance, organizers said. (Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

HALLOWEEN FUN: Hundreds of people crowded Michigan Avenue during this year’s Children and Pet Costume Parade. It was a record-breaking year for Fall Festival attendance, organizers said. (Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

COPS AND ROBBERS: Jaxson and Alex Barth dressed in a themed costume to participate in the parade. It was their first time marching in the Children's Parade. (Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

COPS AND ROBBERS: Jaxson and Alex Barth dressed in a themed costume to participate in the parade. It was their first time marching in the Children’s Parade. (Pioneer photo/Mary Mattingly)

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